How to Control Vizio TV Without a Remote

Are you unable to locate your remote, or have you lost it and want to use your TV without the remote control? If so, this guide is just for you, as today you will learn how to control Vizio TV without remote.

Although a remote is a crucial part of television as it helps users change channels, switch input channels, or control other TV functions, there are times when we lose our remote or it’s broken and look to control our TV without a remote control. Read on to check out the steps to achieving it.

How to Control Vizio TV Without Remote [Using Physical Buttons]

Almost all Vizio TVs have physical buttons on the TV itself, using which you can control the basic functions of the TV without a remote. You can use these physical buttons to power on or off the TV, adjust the volume, and switch between channels.

How to Control Vizio TV Without Remote?

How to Control Vizio TV Without Remote [Using Universal Remote Control]

If you have a universal remote control, you can also use it to control your Vizio TV. For the unaware, universal remotes let users use and manage multiple electronic devices without the brand’s remote.

To use it, you need to program a universal remote to work with your Vizio TV and use it to control your TV’s functions, like changing channels, increasing or decreasing volume, and others.

As universal remotes are made to control a range of devices, they have different steps to program them to your TV. We have a dedicated guide on how to program a universal remote for Vizio TV.

How to Control Vizio TV Without Remote [Using the Vizio Mobile App]

Vizio has a Vizio mobile app, available for both Android and iPhone devices, that turns your mobile phone into a virtual remote. You can use the virtual remote to control your TV’s functions without needing a physical remote control.

How to Control Vizio TV Without Remote?

Step 1: First of all, open the Google Play Store or App Store.

Step 2: Navigate to the Vizio Mobile app page (Android, iPhone), then tap Install to download the app.

Step 3: Once installed, open the app on your device and log in to your account or continue as a guest.

Step 4: Tap on Control > Devices.

Step 5: Select your Vizio TV, and a code will appear on the TV screen.

Step 6: Enter the displayed code on the app and complete the pairing process.

Step 7: Once paired, click on Remote from the bottom to open the virtual remote.


High-Definition Multimedia Interface Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC) is a standard feature that lets users control their TV using an external device connected to the HDMI port, such as a gaming console, streaming device, or Blu-ray player.

You can use HDMI-CEC to control your TV’s basic functions, like turning on or off the TV, changing the volume, and switching between channels, using the device’s remote control.

How to Control Vizio TV Without Remote?

Using a Keyboard or Mouse

Another way by which you can control your Vizio TV is by connecting a keyboard or mouse to the USB port on the TV. To do so, connect the keyboard or mouse to the USB port on the side or back of your TV. After connecting, use it to use the keyboard or mouse to change volume, switch channels, and access menus.

How to Control Vizio TV Without Remote?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I Access TV Menus Using a Universal Remote?

Yes, you should be as easily able to access TV menus with a universal remote as you do with the original remote if it’s programmed correctly for your TV.

Q. Can I Download a Vizio App on My Smartphone or Tablet?

Yes, you can easily download the Vizio mobile app on your smartphone or tablet running either on the Android or iOS operating systems, as it’s available for both platforms. After downloading the app, you need to follow the steps to connect it to the TV to use it to control features like adjusting volume, changing channels, and others.

So, this was all about how you can control Vizio TV without a remote. I hope the article helped you use the Vizio TV without a remote control.

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Harsh Saxena

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